Jason Segel is funny. There’s no doubt about that. And, based on the movies he’s written, he’s had his heart smashed to a million pieces more times than one person should have to endure. I’m a huge “How I Met Your Mother” fan, and especially of Segel’s.
The Five-Year Engagement is another movie that Segel has his hand in writing. And after the hilarious Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I wanted to check this out.
The first thing you’ll notice is that it’s long. It’s a two hour plus comedy. And there are a lot of points of downtime. Many times throughout I felt that it was dragging along, and would have definitely edited out some parts of it, were I an editor. That’s not to say that each scene couldn’t be seen as important to the plot of the story, but they could have trimmed some bits to save on time.
I laughed quite a bit throughout. Not as hard as Sarah Marshall, but still enough to say I enjoyed it.
What I most definitely enjoyed was the last 15-20 minutes. There is an amazing payoff at the end of the movie. My gut reaction when it happened was (and I said outloud), “it took way too long to get there, but I’m glad that’s where it went”.
Overall I enjoyed the movie. It may me laugh, (almost) cry, and root for the characters. The title may be a bit misleading, but it’s still worth seeing. A good ol’ fashioned romantic comedy that you can snuggle up and watch with someone you love. (Be warned though, there are some sad parts throughout!)
The IESB talked with Jason Segel, the writer of the new Muppets movie. He assures them that the movie will stay faithful to the ’80s-era Muppets. When asked if Kermit’s going to have some mojo in this movie, Segel says,
Let me tell you, anyone who can walk around in life completely naked all the time has got to have some mojo.
Ever since we found out that Forgetting Sarah Marshall scribe and star of How I Met Your Mother Jason Segel was slated to write a new Muppets movie, we’ve been wondering if he could tone down his comedy to a PG level. In an interview with the MTV Movies Blog, Segel responds,
When I get into Muppet mode I turn into a 12-year-old boy. I think them seeing me in those meetings, they had no doubt I would be OK with the tone.
Segel also reveals a special guest star for the movie – Charles Grodin, star of The Great Muppet Caper.
It’s called Get Him to the Greek and will also star Jonah Hill (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Superbad). Brand will be playing an out-of-control rock star who needs to be escorted to a show at the Greek Theater in L.A. More good news – Nicholas Stoller, who directed Sarah Marshall will also be involved. Throw in Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, and maybe even a cameo by Seth Rogen and I’ll be happy.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall star Kristen Bell spoke with The New York Daily News about auditioning for the role, and playing Sarah Marshall without making her a bitch. She said Jason Segel wrote the part without making Sarah Marshall the bad guy – he gave the audience a chance to like her, even though she dumped our main character.
She also talks about filming the opening nude scene with Jason Segel. She says that Segel was naked for a full two days of shooting and that,
At one point, there was a nylon sock involved,” Bell says. “That just drew more attention to the situation, so we ditched it.